NEW YORK — The J. Jill Group Inc.’s continuing retail store rollout contributed to significant profit and sales gains in the third quarter.

For the three months ended Sept. 28, the Quincy, Mass.-based multichannel retailer saw net income rise by almost one-third, gaining 31.4 percent to $3.6 million, or 18 cents per diluted share. That compares with the year-ago quarter when the company recorded earnings of $2.8 million, or 15 cents. While third-quarter results included a one-time charge of approximately $1 million, or 3 cents, for costs incurred related to a potential strategic acquisition by the company that was later abandoned, earnings per sharematched the Wall Street consensus estimate.

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